Chief of police

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A chief of police is the title given to an appointed official or an elected one in the chain of command of a police department, particularly in North America. Chief of police_sentence_0

A chief of police may also be known as a police chief or sometimes just a chief, while some countries favour other titles such as commissioner or chief constable. Chief of police_sentence_1

A police chief is appointed by and answerable to a national or local government, with the main exception being elected sheriffs in the United States. Chief of police_sentence_2

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The precise role of a chief of police varies by country and sometimes within a country. Chief of police_sentence_3

The larger a police force or department, the more likely that some duties will be delegated to mid-ranked officers. Chief of police_sentence_4

The following list is a general sense of the actions and responsibilities held by any chief of police. Chief of police_sentence_5

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  • Oversight of a department's operations and budgetingChief of police_item_0_0
  • Oversight of officersChief of police_item_0_1
    • Limited disciplinary actions to be addressed on infractions of policy, rules, regulations, laws or ordinancesChief of police_item_0_2
    • Full dismissal or heavy sanctioning of officer duty; these powers vary by departmentChief of police_item_0_3
    • Promotion and rank placement of officersChief of police_item_0_4
  • Production and development of department policies and regulationsChief of police_item_0_5
  • Liaison with the governments that oversee and fund the departmentChief of police_item_0_6
  • In small police departments, upkeep and updating of department equipment such as police vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and uniformsChief of police_item_0_7
  • In the smallest police departments, the chief may also carry out the same duties as regular officers (patrol, investigations, etc.)Chief of police_item_0_8

Police chiefs are usually sworn police officers, and therefore wear police uniforms and have the power of arrest, though there are exceptions. Chief of police_sentence_6

In practice, their work is administrative in all but the smallest police departments. Chief of police_sentence_7

The rare occasions when police chiefs make arrests have drawn media coverage. Chief of police_sentence_8

In 2014, Bernard Hogan-Howe chased a group of fare evaders and made an arrest. Chief of police_sentence_9

A taxi driver had approached Hogan-Howe for help, unaware that he was the city's police commissioner. Chief of police_sentence_10

In 2017, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck arrested a police officer on suspicion of a sexual offence. Chief of police_sentence_11

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"Chief of police" (French: directeur) is the most common title for the highest-ranked officer in a Canadian police service. Chief of police_sentence_12

The exceptions are: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (commissioner), Ontario Provincial Police (commissioner), South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (chief officer), Vancouver Police Department (chief constable), West Vancouver Police Department (chief constable), Quebec City (director) and the Sûreté du Québec (director general). Chief of police_sentence_13

In the province of Ontario, a chief of police must be a sworn police officer and therefore have completed training at the Ontario Police College or have served a probationary period with another recognized police force (such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's academy known as "Depot"). Chief of police_sentence_14

This requirement is legislated in the Police Services Act of Ontario. Chief of police_sentence_15

The legislation states in section two that a chief of police is a police officer. Chief of police_sentence_16

Section 44.2 of the PSA defines the training requirements. Chief of police_sentence_17

There was a case in the police department of Guelph, Ontario, where a human resource manager was promoted to the position of deputy chief but was required to complete training at the OPC. Chief of police_sentence_18

The candidate is selected by a police services board. Chief of police_sentence_19

Deputy chief Chief of police_section_2

Ranks below the chief are stylized as deputy chief, deputy chief constable (BC) and deputy commissioner or associate director (Quebec). Chief of police_sentence_20

Indonesia Chief of police_section_3

See also: Chief of the Indonesian National Police Chief of police_sentence_21

In Indonesia, the chief of the National Police of Indonesia is often colloquially dubbed: "Kapolri", an acronym of "Kepala Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia" meaning "Head of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia". Chief of police_sentence_22

He is also a four-star ranking officer in the national police. Chief of police_sentence_23

The National Police Chief is elected by the president based on the approval of the House of Representatives and is directly responsible to the president. Chief of police_sentence_24

Since Indonesia adopts the system of a unified "national police", the chief of the Indonesian National Police holds strong responsibility in policing authorities nationally across Indonesia. Chief of police_sentence_25

The police chief usually conducts strong relations and work together with the Commander of the National Armed Forces. Chief of police_sentence_26

In line with the general features of unified structure of local governments, all chiefs of the Indonesian police, at district level ("kapolsek", kepala kepolisian sektor"), municipal level ("kapolres", kepala kepolisian resor"), and provincial level ("kapolda", kepala kepolisian daerah) in Indonesia, are subordinates of Kapolri, the national police chief. Chief of police_sentence_27

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See also: Chief police officer Chief of police_sentence_28

In the United Kingdom, the chief police officer for 43 of the 45 territorial police forces and the three special police forces holds the rank of chief constable. Chief of police_sentence_29

The exceptions are the Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police, where the chief police officer instead holds the rank of commissioner. Chief of police_sentence_30

The umbrella term for the chief constables and commissioners is "chief police officer". Chief of police_sentence_31

The term "chief officer", by contrast, includes the chief police officers and their deputies and assistants. Chief of police_sentence_32

The National Police Chiefs Council is the association for chief officers. Chief of police_sentence_33

The rank of commissioner should not be confused with the police and crime commissioners. Chief of police_sentence_34

They are elected officials who oversee a police force and how its funds are spent, rather than being police officers. Chief of police_sentence_35

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Chief of police is the most common title for the head of a local police department. Chief of police_sentence_36

Alternate titles for a chief of police include police commissioner, colonel, police superintendent, police president or police director. Chief of police_sentence_37

In large urban areas, some departments are led by a civilian overseer, usually referred to as a commissioner. Chief of police_sentence_38

The New York City Police Department is one such case, where the police chief (full title: Chief of department) is the most senior sworn officer. Chief of police_sentence_39

A sheriff is the chief of a county law enforcement agency. Chief of police_sentence_40

Although sheriffs are not usually counted as police chiefs, their agencies usually have the powers and role of a police department. Chief of police_sentence_41

Some sheriffs' agencies are limited to non-policing matters such as courtroom security. Chief of police_sentence_42

The usual difference between a sheriff and a police chief is that sheriffs are elected (except in New York City, Rhode Island and Hawaii) and responsible for a county whereas a police chief manages law enforcement in a city or town and is appointed by its local government. Chief of police_sentence_43

The fraternal organization International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is an organization that many chiefs of police are associated with. Chief of police_sentence_44

Many state constitutions require every county to have a sheriff; some make no provision for this position to be eliminated even in the case of the formation of a consolidated city–county or "metropolitan government". Chief of police_sentence_45

In this case, a decision must be made about how to divide the powers between the county sheriff and the city's chief of police. Chief of police_sentence_46

The usual compromise allows the chief of police to exercise law enforcement jurisdiction and to give the sheriff and his deputies authority over jails and the serving of civil papers. Chief of police_sentence_47

An alternative and lesser-used solution is to make the office of sheriff a purely ceremonial one. Chief of police_sentence_48

One other solution, an example of which is seen in the case of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, is to provide for the sheriff to simultaneously serve as the chief of police, thus remaining as the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of the county. Chief of police_sentence_49

The police chief of a small town may be the only paid employee of the police department and have a staff consisting only of volunteers when available. Chief of police_sentence_50

Conversely the police chief of a major city may have thousands or in the case of very large cities such as New York, 35,000 sworn officers. Chief of police_sentence_51

Further than that they will have thousands more civilian employees under his command including operators, secretaries, and unsworn peace officers. Chief of police_sentence_52

The qualifications and skills required to be a police chief vary widely. Chief of police_sentence_53

Another important consideration is how overtly a police department is influenced by politics which varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another. Chief of police_sentence_54

Increasingly, all U.S. law enforcement officers including small-town police chiefs and their charges are being required to meet at least minimum levels of professional training. Chief of police_sentence_55

The rank insignia for the chief of a large or medium-sized department most often consists of three or four gold stars, similar to the insignia of a lieutenant general or general in the army. Chief of police_sentence_56

Smaller departments and state agencies most often consists of silver or gold eagles similar to colonel in the army. Chief of police_sentence_57

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